Welcome to Rainbow Families DC


Upcoming Events...

Here is a quick summary of the upcoming events.  Look for more details to come for each of these great events.  Mark them on your calendars and plan to attend.  

Night Out with the Mystics, Friday, July 25th vs. the Tulsa Shock, Verizon Center, Washington, DC.

Fall Family Picnic at Hillwood Estate and GardensSat, Sept 6th, 11 am - 2 pm, Washington, DC.

4th Annual Family Camping Weekend at Camp Tockwogh, Fri, Oct 10th - Sun Oct 12th, Worton, MD.

RFDC's Fall Maybe Baby Series - Starting in October, Chevy Chase, MD.

Fall Day at Cox Farms, Sun, Nov 2nd, Centreville, VA. 

 

 
     

  • Night Out with the Mystics, Friday, July 25th vs. the Tulsa Shock, Verizon Center, Washington, DC.  

    Pre-game activities start at 5:30 pm, Game Time is 7:00 pm.  Tickets are just $25 per person and are available now here: www.msesales.commystics/rainbowfamilies (special offer code – pride). The Mystics are partnering with HRC and Rainbow Families DC to make this a Pride Night to be proud of!  Tickets are on the 100 level (really good seats!) and are just $25 each with $5 of each sale going to Rainbow Families DC when you choose RFDC as the partner you would like your proceeds to go to.  There will be face painting, balloons and other activities for the kids before the game in the Pride Concourse in Verizon Center starting at 5:30 PM until game time. This is a great opportunity to meet other RFDC families and enjoy a fun Night OUT with the Mystics!

  • Fall Family Picnic at Hillwood Estate and GardensSat, Sept 6th, 11 am - 2 pm, Washington, DC.

    Enjoy the Annual RFDC Fall Picnic in this beautiful setting!  Pack a picnic lunch, bring a treat to share, play garden games on the lawn, explore the Japanese gardens, and practice your putting on the Putting Green!  There will be face painting, a treasure hunt, and a craft!  Be sure to bring your camera.  The grounds at the estate area breathtaking and the perfect backdrop for family photos.  Advance sale tickets will be $5 per adult ($15 if you purchase the day of the event), and free for children.  More details here: http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/whats/annual-events-and-festivals/gay-day/family-picnic-partnership-rainbow-families-dc.  We will let you know when advance ticket sales are open for purchase.

  • 4th Annual Family Camping Weekend at Camp Tockwogh, Fri, Oct 10th - Sun Oct 12th, Worton, MD.   

    Join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled weekend at Camp Tockwogh, in Worton, MD, with 309 acres of property along the Chesapeake Bay. Camp Weekend will start with check-in on Friday evening and go through Sunday afternoon.   Camp Weekend will offer children and adults a relaxing way to spend time with other RFDC families and enjoy the outdoors!  Activities will include field games, a climbing wall, archery, canoeing, kayaking, water boat rides, arts-and-crafts, talent show, and a campfire (with s'mores).  There will be plenty of time for bike riding for the kids and spending time together outdoors.  The camp offers a full-service dining hall for "camp style" meals and a wide range of housing options for your family including tent camping and lodges with private and shared bathrooms.  Prospective families and families with children of all ages are welcome at Camp Weekend.  We will be sending more details soon on all of the housing options and costs, and registration will open in early August.

  • RFDC's Fall Maybe Baby Series - Chevy Chase, MD. 

    The Maybe Baby series is an 8-week class held on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 pm, starting in early October. The classes are designed for LGBTQ prospective parents, single or partnered, who are considering parenthood and interested in learning more about the options for building a family. The class covers a wide range of topics, including readiness, overview of adoption, assisted reproduction, and surrogacy; financial and legal issues; building a support network; decision-making as a couple; considerations in single parenting; and the joys and challenges of being an LGBTQ-headed family. The class is designed to provide a balance of active discussion and sharing, as well as to gain practical, accurate information that helps set the foundation for moving forward. There will be several guest speakers throughout the series.  Please contact RFDC at info@rainbowfamiliesdc.org if you’d like to participate or learn more details!

  • Fall Day at Cox Farms, Sun, Nov 2nd, Centreville, VA.  

    Don't miss the pumpkin smashing at Cox Farm!  Please join Rainbow Families DC from 10 - 3 pm at Cox Farm in Centreville, Virginia.  This is truly an event for all ages with slides, animals, mazes, hayrides, live music, great food and PUMPKIN SMASHING.  The Cox Farm Family typically extends a 50% discount on admission for RFDC Members.  You can bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the food offered at the farm. Rainbow Families will set up a space that will be open at 10 am and your admission is good for the whole day!


Recent Events...

THE RAINBOW FAMILIES DC 2014 CONFERENCE

WAS A GREAT SUCCESS.

Rainbow Families DC presented "Creating Our Families, Building Our Community, Celebrating Our Strength", our 2014 Family Conference on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Our fabulous keynote speaker was be Emmy award winning comedian Judy Gold!  The RFDC conference was held at Georgetown Day High School and brought together parents and families, prospective parents, expert panelists, service providers, businesses, schools and others interested in connecting with the RFDC community. We had a full day of speakers, workshops, discussion groups, and social networking opportunities, all designed to provide information and resources on a variety of topic areas of importance to LGBT parents and prospective parents. The conference also included a fun and nurturing day of activities for children 2.5 years and up. Children in Middle School and High School attended an age appropriate program lead by COLAGE, geared to identify how the world 'sees' LGBT families and how they wish what the world saw was different.  For more information about the RFDC Family Conference see the Conference Information Page.  Online registration for children extended to April 18 and for adults ends on April 24!

 

Please follow the links to other sections of the conference materials.

        

 

The presenting sponsors for this year's conference is "CT Fertility" and "Pink and Blue Surrogacy and Fertility". Thanks to our presenting sponsors and our other sponsors for making this years conference possible.

 

          


Two Articles Feature RFDC Women and The RFDC 2014 Family Conference 

The Washington Blade features Renee Perrier-Combs in it's Queery section.  Renee is a board member of RFDC and is manager of the Kids' Camp at the 2014 RFDC Family Conference.  In addition to featuring Renee, she talks about the importance of the RFDC Family Conference to her own family.

TAGG Magazine features Renee Bradley-Black in an interview about the Rainbow Families DC 2014 Family Conference.  Renee Bradley is the Vice-President of the all volunteer RFDC board.  She talks about how the Rainbow Families DC helped she and her partner with support in starting a family.  Renee and lives in Virginia with her partner and two children.

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To learn more about Renee and her answers to the traditional Queery questions, see the Washington Blade Article.

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Celebrating and Building LGBTQ Families

Rainbow Families DC holds their annual family conference

 

By Jade Salazar

Two women with son

Whether you are already a parent or are thinking about starting your own family, the unique challenges of raising children in the LGBTQ community can be overwhelming.

This Saturday, April 26, Rainbow Families DC (RFDC) will be presenting their 2014 Family Conference, “Creating Our Families, Building Our Community, Celebrating Our Strength”. The conference will bring together hundreds of parents, families, prospective parents, expert panelists, service providers, businesses, schools and others interested in connecting with the RFDC community.

Though some services have been offered to LGBTQ families over the years, RFDC was officially established in 2006 as a primary source for parents all over the D.C. metro area to connect with other families like theirs and receive the guidance necessary to traverse the road of out parenting.

“When we were exploring starting a family there were few resources available for folks outside of the beltway and creating our own families was still a bit uncommon even within the gay community,” says Renee Bradley, Vice President of RFDC. “Our first involvement was for us as future moms to find support and information from people going through similar experiences. As our children grew, the importance shifted to providing them with opportunities to see other families similar to theirs with two moms or two dads.”

Bradley and her partner Katherine became active life members in 2006. In 2008 she joined the board as the Co-chair for the Program Committee, and now she currently sits as the Vice President of the board.

“Being the only gay-led family in preschool, church, elementary school, and community activities has been a very positive experience for us, and defiantly challenged me to become more of an advocate for all ‘non-traditional’ families,” says Bradley. “It is still a bit rare to run into other families like ours and, so we have to pay more attention to creating those experiences.”

The conference workshops are designed to help prospective parents plan ahead, help current parents evaluate schools, as well as address common LGBTQ family concerns, including legal and financial advice, the event and research fair are sure to have something useful for every attendee.

“The conference team has worked hard to organize a full day of speakers, workshops, discussion groups, and social networking opportunities, all designed to provide information and resources on a variety of topic areas of importance to LGBT parents and prospective parents,” says Bradley. “The conference also includes a fun and nurturing day of activities for children two years and up called Kids Camp. Children in middle school and high school will attend an age appropriate program lead by COLAGE, geared to identify how the world ‘sees’ LGBT families and how they wish what the world saw was different.” 

This year’s keynote speaker is the Emmy Award-winning and always funny Judy Gold, who is sure to not only offer some great insight but also share stories of her own hilarious journey through parenthood. 

RFDC provides many activities like the Family Conference. Throughout the year members can participate in everything from playgroups, picnics, retreats, and even a Winter Family Dance. Their services reach beyond the beltway and deep into Maryland and Virginia to reach as many families as possible.

This year’s presenting are CT Fertility and Pink and Blue Surrogacy and Fertility.

Though online registration has already closed, on-site tickets will be available at $50 for RFDC members and $60 for non-members. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Georgetown Day High School, 4200 Davenport St NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. For more information visit http://www.rainbowfamiliesdc.org.

 


 
 
 
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